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You are more than likely aware of the hygiene steps required for maintaining a healthy mouth over all, such as brushing, flossing and and the like. Yet, are you aware of the effects that certain foods have on your mouth? Some foods, especially in today’s society, are barely able to be considered real food. From the process and preserved ingredients, to excess sugars and ingredient acidity, it is important to know what you are really eating and what the effect it has on your oral hygiene.
Some of the worst things for your teeth, as you should be aware, are sugar and acidic substances. Sugar, be it within candy, soda pop or otherwise, should never sit on your teeth for long. If you’re craving sweets, eat a healthy portion of natural fruit—and neither dried fruits, nor fruit snacks count as fruit (they’re simply a different form of sugar). From causing cavities and decay, to feeding excess plaque build-up and more, there are countless reasons to free our mouth from sugar.
The acid present in juices, tomatoes and other common kitchen ingredients also promotes tooth decay. To prevent your teeth from soaking in potentially harmful ingredients after your meal, remember to rinse your mouth out with water after eating citrusy and sugary dishes. This will reduce the length of time your teeth exposure.
From coffee and liquor, to cigarettes and tobacco, vices of today’s society can be harsh on your teeth, gums and overall oral hygiene—especially with excess use. Heavy drinking of coffee and tea will ultimately result in stained teeth. Alcohol consumption also decrease the health of your mouth, by reducing healthy saliva production and increasing the chance of consequential health issues later.
For the finest smiles in Tampa, contact the experts at Gutiérrez Orthodontics by calling (813) 968-1611. Dr. Alex Gutiérrez and his compassionate, skillful team help you achieve your best smile possible. From traditional braces, Invisalign and adult orthodontics, to children’s orthodontic services, Invisalign Teen and treatments in between, Gutiérrez Orthodontics is here for you!